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Darryl LeDoux's Yankee #138, Knockabout, Chula Vista Marina, San Diego, California - updated May 2, 2018  

October 9, 2017 We got the following email from Darryl LeDoux. We'll stand by pictures and reports from her new home in Chula Vista Marina, San Diego, California


I'm writing to advise I have just purchased Knockabout (Hull #138) from Robert Neches at Marina Del Rey and will be moving her to Chula Vista Marina.

You have a wonderful website.

Darryl LeDoux

Welcome aboard, Darryl!!

Fair Winds, Bob!!


We'll reserve a space up here for Daryl's Knockabout

May 2, 2018. Responding to our 6 month May Day update email we got the following report from Daryl. And, website staff decided we needed to know just where Knockabout was berthed.


Thanks for asking.Knockabout is doing well and enjoying sailing southern San Diego Bay (out of Chula Vista). I added Simrad Electronics, an autopilot, and cockpit cushions. Otherwise, all is the same as previously reported.


Darryl LeDoux

Click on the photos for a larger image







This is Knockabout's story up up to this point in time


August 26, 2017. We got the followng email (minor edits) from Bob Neches


Unfortunately, I have to move on and put Knockabout, Yankee Dolphin #138, up for sale.

Thanks, as always, for the service you've provided to all us owners by managing the site.

Best regards,


1969 Yankee Dolphin 24' Sailboat - $12500 (Marina del Rey)

Contact Bob Neches 310-722-8818; RNeches@earthlink.net

A highly regarded, sweet-sailing classic pocket racer/cruiser

"..we have always thought of the Dolphin as one of our best designs..."
-- Olin Stephens, Founder of Sparkman & Stephens

Items < 2 years old, Excellent Condition
- Alado Furler with twist-resistant foil
- New jib and full-battened main w/ one set of reefing points, single line reefing
- Easy-sliding Tides Strong sailtrack
- 2 new Lewmar 16 self-tailing winches
- New sail cover
- Upgraded centerboard line controls
- Solar vent in forward hatch
- Lifesling Rescue Harness, overboard retrieval ladder, spare life jackets, flares, etc.

Items < 5 years old, Very Good to Excellent Condition
- Torqueedo Cruise 2.0 electric motor, heavy-duty LiOn battery
- Epoxy-painted hull, deck, mast, boom, interior
- Bottom paint in good condition
- Replaced all standing and running rigging, mast and interior electrical wiring
- Electrical panel, charger and inverter
- Spinnaker, spinnaker pole and all necessary spinnaker gear
- Back-up main and jib

Other Notable Features
- All lines led aft with turning blocks and sheetstoppers
- Two Barlow 6 cabintop winches
- Two Harkin 8 sheet winches with Barton Marine Wincher add-ons (in addition to the new Lewmar 16s described above)
- Custom "line basket" capturing mainsheet and traveller lines
- Supported by an extremely helpful owners' group and website (www.Dolphin24.org)

Located in a windward slip in Marina del Rey;

slip lease assumable by new owner if desired

Knockabout's electric engine


No explanation necessary






October 31, 2015. Bob Neches checking in a the new owner of Yankee #138. To check out #138 in her prior lives click here


Just wanted to let you know that I'm the new owner of Hull #138, which I purchased from Carlos Vergas. Carlos had renamed her Caravela and moved her to Dana Point, California. I believe she was called Yankee when he purchased her from Mark Spector in Marina del Rey. I'm renaming her yet again and sailing her back to Marina del Rey tomorrow.

Her new name is, "Knockabout."

Your website was invaluable both in learning about Yankee Dolphins, and in finding mine.So, although we've never met, I need to thank you very much for all your help.



Bob wanted to be sure we got the hull # right so the photo above is his first photo submission - maybe he'll get us a few more.



March 8, 2016. Bob sent in an update and another 'teaser' photo. We'll also include this in the Technical Section/Centerboard winches, etc.

I've mainly been fixing things up. New winches are the biggest thing.

I was very proud of my clever and completely original arrangement for the centerboard line, until I realized this afternoon that Marionnette did almost the same thing long before. :-)


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Click here to see Marionette's set up





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